If you’re an avid fan of Louie, you might have noticed this season was a little on the “where the hell are all the new episodes?” side. The fifth season was a mere eight episodes long. So what gives?
Well, there’s a logical reason — Louis C.K. originally wanted to shoot in the Fall. He asked the head of FX to postpone production, they obliged, and then Louis C.K. went and smoked a ton of weed. That was actually a good thing AND bad thing for the show.
During a panel discussion with HitFix, Louis C.K. fessed up to what happened:
The night before FX chief John Landgraf was going to announce the delay, C.K. smoked a lot of marijuana, felt a burst of inspiration for stories he wanted to tell this season, and wrote pages and pages on his computer, breaking out all of what he felt would be an amazing season. He called Landgraf and asked if he could produce on the original schedule; a frustrated Landgraf told him they had already allocated most of his budget to other shows, and the best they could do was a half-season. So C.K. agreed, Landgraf announced that, and in the sober light of day, C.K. finally read what he had written… and it was gibberish. He didn’t use a single idea or joke from it in making season 5. Don’t do drugs, kids. Or, at least, don’t make big decisions while high.
Don’t do drugs, kids. It will effect your ability to do your job. It will piss off your boss. UNLESS you’re the creative type. Then smoke all the weed you want.